Marking the first of its kind in Chicago, Rayito de Sol, 2550 W. Addison St., is an award-winning Spanish immersion daycare and preschool has opened its doors in the Roscoe Village neighborhood. The one-of-a-kind early childhood facility features traditional décor and offers both full and part-time childcare, allowing children to consciously grasp both the Spanish and English languages while receiving personalized care and attention from licensed and experienced native Spanish-
Designed to stimulate students aged six weeks to pre-school, the daycare was founded
in Minneapolis by Luisa Fuentes in 2003. While seeking a Spanish-immersion school for
her then three-year-old son, the Peruvian mother founded Rayito de Sol, meaning Little
Ray of Sun, to offer a year-round Spanish immersion program where kids can learn
science, math, art, music and cultural development while being fueled with bilingual
education, Spanish culture and diversity. All programs integrate the STEAM curriculum
in their daily activities.
“We prepare our children to think globally which will set them up for success in today’s
global economy,” says Fuentes. In addition, children that enter the program full-time at
three-years-old will most likely become fluent in basic conversational Spanish by the
time they start kindergarten.
The new Chicago facility is licensed for 187 students, and children are separated into
classrooms designated by age. All classrooms feature bright colors, natural light,
interactive and educational entertainment elements and accommodate both individual
and group learning, with authentic design elements from many Spanish-speaking
cultures. The facility serves organic and balanced meals made with fresh, wholesome,
and natural ingredients nourishing a child’s growth path. Staff ratios range from one
childcare professional for every four infants, to one per 10 preschoolers aged three to
Rayito de Sol also offers a Summer Camp Spanish Immersion Program that includes a
full Spanish immersion curriculum with indoor and outdoor activities such as yoga,
professional Latin dance, drama, music and piñata parties monthly for toddlers and
preschoolers children up to seven years of age.